Sarah Inglis claims appearing alongside the elite of athletics last weekend in Glasgow can spur her bid for a medal in this weekend’s UK Indoor Championships in Sheffield.
The Lothian hopeful, 24, has been in fine form since returning from a winter spell in Canada where she also spent two years on scholarship at Trinity Western University.
She acquitted herself at the Grand Prix six days ago with ninth place in a 1500m race that included world medallists Sifan Hassan and Hannah England.
And with the British title up for grabs – and the likes of Edinburgh Atheltic Club’s Maddie Murray and Scottish rival Steph Twell also in the 1500m field – there could be an opportunity to stand out.
“It’ll be a different race, hopefully more tactical,” Inglis said. “But getting a run out last weekend is another race in the bank. I still might go for something longer in the summer. Maybe go up to 5000m. It would be a lot of work but that’s a good challenge.”
Guy Learmonth plans to shake off his sub-par showing in Glasgow to earn a crack at next month’s world indoor championships in Portland by retaining his UK title. The Lasswade hopeful was only sixth in the 800m but is expecting to learn the lessons as he pushes towards the Olympic Games.
“The main goal is the outdoor season, to qualify for the Olympics, but I really wanted to do a 1.46 in Glasgow – that was part of my plan,” he said. “I will be working hard on my final lap. It will be a dream to reach the Olympics in Rio. It’s the pinnacle for every athlete. That will be my goal this season.”
Chris O’Hare has decided against jetting in from the USA to secure his place in Portland but Edinburgh club-mate Allan Smith will chase his second successive British indoor crown while Jamie Bowie can make a case for a return to the relay squad in the 400m.
Meanwhile, Freya Ross will continue her build-up towards the London Marathon – and a tilt at qualifying for Rio 2016 – in tomorrow’s Scottish cross-country championships in Falkirk. Edinburgh University’s Steph Pennycook will be among the favourites in the Under-20 event.